Camp Lightbulb was founded in 2011. We launched our first Summer Camp in Provincetown in 2012. We expanded to a Winter Camp in 2015 and continue to expand with more camps throughout the year, starting in 2018 with Spring Camp and our very first Leadership Camp.
Our campers come from across the US and identify along the full LGBTQ spectrum. Camp Lightbulb is committed to providing the camp experience to all and roughly 40% of our campers receive full or partial camperships.
We work with partners including the Ali Forney Center, a center for LGBT homeless youth in New York City; Waltham House / The Home for Little Wanderers, a residential program for LGBT youth in Waltham, MA; and Boston's GLASS, a program for LGBT youth.
Camp Lightbulb is a labor of love for Founding Director Puck Markham, who developed the project for two years before its launch. Puck is Dutch-American and attended the University of Amsterdam and UCLA.
Formerly with PaineWebber and Barclays Bank, Puck lived in Los Angeles and London, and before Camp Lightbulb, he founded Community Money, an UK based social enterprise, which provided financial education to low-income families.
Since moving from financial services, Puck has focused professionally on creating value-driven organizations and is thrilled to be managing the growth and development of Camp Lightbulb.
"Growing up can be tough. Growing up LGBTQ is that much tougher. I wanted to create a special place that is a stepping stone in life for the younger members of my community, as they figure out who they truly are, surrounded by peers, and role models and a supportive and embracing community."
Camp Lightbulb is managed by Puck, and supported by a stellar freelance team of project managers, seasonal counselors, volunteers and a Board of Directors.
Counselors - Our counselors reflect our community and our allies. They attend training before the start of Camp. All are subject to criminal and sexual background checks. Many of our counselors return year after year.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The board provides guidance, governance and support to the organization. In addition to Puck, the members are:
Gina Bettinsoli - Camp parent, former mental health consultant, also on the board at LA based Sisters of Sojourn, which funds housing for survivors of domestic violence. Married to husband Andy and super mom to 2 sons.
Linda Rohler - Camp supporter from the very start, retired teacher of thirty years, Provincetown resident with wife Jane, proud mom of 2 daughters and grandmother to 5 grandchildren.
Regulations - Camp Lightbulb complies with regulations of the California Department of Public Health and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.